NHS Trusts Told to Pay Rise to Avoid Union Action
Nicholas Timmins Public Policy Editor, The Independent (London, England)
NHS Trusts have been told to derail industrial action over nurses' pay by simply making the pay award.
If enough nurses and other staff take it, the unions chances of successfully organising action will be seriously undermined, Ken Jarrold, NHS director of human resources, has told health service managers.
With the unions other than the Royal Colleges of Nursing and Midwives balloting on industrial action and planning to co-ordinate the outcome at the end of August, "it is extremely important that we take decisive action now", Mr Jarrold has told managers in the text of a speech being delivered to meetings around the country, a copy of which has been passed to the Independent.
The Royal College of Nursing, he says, has "divided the staff side" by its decision to take local pay once 300 of the 500 NHS trusts have made offers. The time to act is now, Mr Jarrold says. There must be "a firm response from the management side so that staff and their representatives are left in no doubt about our determination to implement local pay".
Managers should try to reach local agreements. But where that is not possible, staff should be written to individually and told that it is intended to pay the award "on account" unless individuals object in writing.
It is legally essential that the payment is not imposed and is made with staff consent, Mr Jarrold says. But "it is not necessary for them to exercise a positive choice by saying yes". All they have to be given is "the opportunity of saying no".
Payments made in this way, he says, "are not being imposed". But managers should attempt to persuade their staff that "only …
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